Cityscape ‘doing well’ as Champions Mile looms

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By Andrew Scutts
Racing Post


CITYSCAPE’S preparation for Sunday’s BMW Champions Mile at Sha Tin continued on Wednesday morning with a canter round the all-weather track.

Trainer Roger Charlton is busy preparing Top Offer for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas in Britain – he plans to fly out to Hong Kong after the Newmarket race on Saturday – and Charlie Henson is supervising Cityscape in his absence.

Henson, a Hong Kong regular who often looks after Luca Cumani’s horses there, said of Cityscape: “He can be a bit temperamental this fellow, but he’s doing well. He’s eating up and drinking no problem. He had his last piece of fast work in England so won’t be doing much on the track here.

“His weight’s good and we’re happy with him. After a 24-hour door to door trip from the UK, he’s coped pretty well.”

Cityscape produced a career-best to win the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan in March by more than four lengths and holds entries in the Queen Anne Stakes and Sussex Stakes over the summer.

Australia’s King’s Rose worked on the turf course for the first time at Sha Tin on Wednesday morning, with trainer Peter Moody on hand to assess her condition as the Champions Mile approaches.

Moody, fresh from preparing Black Caviar to her 20th win from as many starts in Adelaide last Saturday, said: “She seems much more contented than the other horses in the international barn and she looks well. Her work was good and, in general, I’m happy with her.

“King’s Rose is not here for practice. My belief is that she can win. My expectation is that, at least, she’ll be running verywell. She’s in great shape.”

King’s Rose is also entered in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, and is in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes too, for which Black Caviar is odds-on favourite.

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